Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins carries the puck against Marc-Andre Bourdon #43 of the Philadelphia Flyers on January 22, 2012 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(January 21, 2012 - Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)

PHT Morning Skate: Flyers’ Bourdon recovering from concussion


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

It looks like Georges Laraque, who enjoyed a 695 game NHL career, will attempt to run for office in Canada. (The Globe and Mail)

Top Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Slater Koekkoek has already gone through two reconstructive shoulder surgeries, but he’s still optimistic about his future. (Tampa Tribune)

23-year-old defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon is progressing in his recovery from a concussion. The Philadelphia Flyers prospect isn’t experiencing headaches anymore and he’s optimistic about his chances of being cleared for contact in the near future. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

John Hayden was taken by Chicago in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He’s attending his first Blackhawks training camp and is blogging about his experiences. (

Nelson Emerson, the Los Angeles Kings’ head of player development, talks about the team’s development camp. (LA Kings Insider)

20-year-old forward Phillip Danault will be fighting for a roster spot with the Chicago Blackhawks during training camp. (CSN Chicago)

Kane scores OT-winner, caps Islanders’ bumpy start in Brooklyn

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On paper, it’s the perfect way to kick off meaningful hockey in Brooklyn, as the New York Islanders faced the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

In reality, there were some highs and lows, culminating with Patrick Kane scoring a power-play overtime-winner to give Chicago a 3-2 (OT) win.

The Barclays Center crowd was going to be a big part of the story one way or another, but even by building-opening standards, the audience made some waves.

Indeed, Kane was greeted with some jeers during his first road appearance of the 2015-16 season, though he didn’t sound surprised.

(There were other controversial chants, apparently.)

Speaking of the crowd, it may not have been the greatest turnout:

ESPN goes way, way in depth on how the change of locale was received, by the way.

It wasn’t a perfect night inside the rink, either, as there weren’t exactly rave reviews about ice quality. New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple compared the ice to a “slushy” and “soup,” with an anonymous Islander (or Islanders) describing the conditions as “awful.”

Kane was pretty diplomatic about it, for what it’s worth.


So, no, it was not a perfect night for the Islanders.

They probably envisioned a teeming, perfectly mannered crowd. Management likely expected Jaroslav Halak to be in net, too.

Sometimes breaking ground is often about overcoming those early stumbles, though, and maybe the best review is to parallel the on-ice results: the Isles at least got a point out of it.

Let’s not forget that there are some cool perks that come with this situation, even if the specifics may vary.

If you want even more information/photos/etc., you’d probably do well to check out #IslesOpeningNight.

Columbus collapse: Rangers spoil Blue Jackets’ opener

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For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.

The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.

They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.

It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.

Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)

Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.